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Daniel L. Rust

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Daniel L. Rust
Assistant Director for Undergraduate Program Development

One University Blvd.
154 University Center
University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499


Ph.D. (History), University of Idaho
M.A. (History), University of Idaho
B.A. (History), Northwest Nazarene University

Introduction to Transportation; Aviation in American Life; History of the United States; Transportation Security, Safety and Disaster Preparedness

His recent research includes an investigation of the costs and benefits of video event data recorders (EDR) in private fleet vehicles, and a U.S. Department of Transportation-funded inventory and survey of transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL) providers within Missouri.

While his interests span all modes of transportation, Dr. Rust specializes in the history of commercial air travel in the United States. In 2009, the University of Oklahoma Press published his book, Flying Across America: The Airline Passenger Experience. Over one hundred photographs, many from the St. Louis Mercantile Library’s Trans World Airlines collection, accompany this examination of air travel from the passengers’ point of view through the prism of first-hand travel accounts found in popular periodicals during the formative era of coast-to-coast passenger service in the United States. The book has received many favorable reviews from publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and Air & Space Smithsonian.

Articles in Journal of the West and Aviation History featured Dr. Rust’s research on the life of aviator Nick Mamer and the 1929 round trip, nonstop, transcontinental flight of the “Spokane Sun God.”


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